GoPro falls from plane, lands in pigpen, gets snuffled

There have been plenty of videos of GoPro cameras surviving in crazy circumstances, but none of them have a surprise ending quite like this one. Mia Munselle found a camera in the pen where she keeps three pigs. The footage she recovered from it explains how it got there.

The camera fell from an airplane carrying skydivers last summer. Munselle told Crave she didn't discover it until recently due to the simple fact that she doesn't spend much time walking around in the pen. She confirms the camera is a GoPro Hero, either a 1 or a 2.… Read more

iPad Air fails torture test against soft dirt?

There's an art to the modern gadget torture test, particularly if you only have one brand new iPad Air on hand to attempt to destroy. You don't want to completely put the device out of its misery until you've had a chance to make it suffer a little bit and then finally end it in a grand finale that involves hot lava or a large vehicle of some sort.

Richard Ryan of RatedRR on YouTube had just such a plan to obliterate a new iPad Air with BBs and bullets, but found some of the drama of his torture test sucked away when the tablet's screen shattered upon being dropped from a height of only a few feet onto the loose-dirt ground. … Read more

Watch daredevil app user pay bills and evade bulls

For years now I've been on the torture-test beat for Crave -- covering everything from an iPad dipped in hot lava to a smoothie made of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3. The day has finally come that such demonstrations are being inflicted upon the human users of devices, all in the name of a little viral PR.

So it is with some hesitation that I share the below video of professional stunt guy Jon Watson (do not try this at home, or even in Georgia where the event is held, if you're smart) paying his bills via Capital One's smartphone app while being chased by huge, upset and behorned bulls. … Read more

The best of Season 5!

The time has come for our "best-of" episode of Always On's final season. Over the year and a half or so that we've been pumping out episodes, our multitude of torture tests, unboxings, Future Techs, and road tests has taken us places we never could've imagined. While Los Angeles was the farthest we traveled from home this time around, Season 5 still produced some segments that are up there with the best of them.

All but one episode in Season 5 included one of our Future Tech installments. However, our favorite of the bunch got … Read more

Episode 54: Saying goodbye to Always On

Always On is, undoubtedly, the most fun I've ever had in tech. And that's what I love the most about this show: it's been a celebration of all the ways that technology is truly a part of our everyday lives -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and occasionally the midair. I know we were best known for a sort of gleeful destructiveness, but the idea for the torture tests came directly from real-life stories and personal experience. And from your responses, dear audience, you've clearly had all the same kinds of experiences. (Well, maybe not … Read more

Always On Torture Test giveaway: Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia's made a name for itself in manufacturing tough phones, without feeling the need to tack words like "rugged" or "active" to the model name. That being said, it doesn't mean the phones can necessarily handle a good ol' fashioned grape stomping. It's a shame, considering the 41 megapixels of wine tasting the phone is capable of capturing.

Sure, the purple juice, along with an assortment of skins, stems, and water, turned out the lights on the 1020. However, given Nokia's nature, we believe there's a chance it can be revived. … Read more

Episode 53: Road Testing the iPhone 5C

Given that the Bay Area's home to countless entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and just plain geeks, it's no surprise that our local hotels are starting to follow suit. Hotel Zetta's just a couple blocks away from the CNET headquarters and is helping lead the way by making technology a priority in the hospitality industry. They keep it fresh with Wii Street U, Livescribe Echo smartpens, and an old phone booth equipped with a tablet for skyping. They also sport some old-school vibes like Ataris and record players. Oh yeah, and there's a giant Plinko game that takes … Read more

Always On Torture Test Giveaway: BlackBerry Q10

When we walked through the doors of SenSpa in the Presidio a couple months ago, the BBQ10 was far from relaxed. Despite the soothing aromas and comfy slippers, destruction was in the air. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for us to discover that massage oil and bubble baths do not mix well with technology.

So now you have a chance to give the bricked BlackBerry a new home. But if you end up taking it with you on your spa day, leave it in your locker. Trust us, those e-mails can wait.

If you're dying to see how … Read more

Episode 52: Unboxing the Martian Passport Watch

Smartwatches have been invading headlines around the world for the last year or two, causing quite a bit of a stir. From a startup's few million crowdfunded dollars to whether or not Apple will unveil its own connected wrist gadget, people are interested. It's taken us (and most everyone) longer than expected to get one of the new guys in house, but the time has finally come. Let the wrist buzzing begin.

First off, we take a look at the Martian Passport smartwatch. This planet-named bad boy sports some serious style, but at quite a bit of a … Read more

Trying (and failing) to drown a ruggedized Android phone

Summer is over, but I've been trying to extend those sweet dog days by running around the country looking for ways to contribute to the destruction of a completely innocent smartphone. The fine folks at Kyocera loaned me a sample of their ruggedized, military-grade, Bear Grylls-endorsed 4G Android phone, the Torque, with a license to stretch it to the limits without any fear of destroying it.

Either I will break this phone, or I will be broken trying. … Read more